It seems as if the Honduran Cardinal is (or fashions himself to be) part of the Pope’s kitchen cabinet. Its members share his “pastoral” approach to theologizing that some have taken to imply that Church teaching in important matters—especially concerning divorce and remarriage, the ordination of women, as well as homosexuality—will be changed.
But, the Salesian Archbishop of Tegucigalpa also happens to be President of Caritas International as well as Vatican spokesman with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Concerning the issue of Third World debt, Cardinal Maradiaga has written: “In this time the free market has produced one sector which is booming: social exclusion.”
In a post over at The American Catholic, The Motley Monk discussed Phillip Booth’s characterizing this type of “sloganeering” as unbecoming a Catholic prelate especially because Cardinal Maradiaga’s opinion is constructed upon two substantive errors. In short, the Cardinal’s economic analysis utilizes Juan Perón’s “Third Way”—neither capitalist nor communist, a decidedly right-wing, paternalistic, corporatist form of socialism—to arrive at its conclusion.
In that post, The Motley Monk opined:
When it comes to economic matters, it would much better if prelates
invited Catholic economists to write and publish papers from an
informed Catholic perspective. Then, let other experts have at those
papers to vet their contents “speaking clearly with frankness and
listening with humility,” much like Pope Francis desires for the
Synod on the Family.
In lengthy a response to Gagliarducci’s post, “James” commented:
Once again I find you’re your analysis fascinating and thought
provoking, very well written but overly optimistic. I just can’t buy it.
March 2013 saw the introduction of an ecclesial model not explored
by Avery Dulles – church as circus. Frequently I find myself jolted
by reports of Maradiaga traveling about the globe hawking some
piece religious or moral speculation posing as theology and exhorting
all of us into the “Big Top” for a really big show. Does this man not
have something to do in Honduras? Oh, I forgot. Honduras has
already achieved the distinction of becoming the first Latin American
country to have a protestant majority – I guess his job is done there.
Why is such an individual out there doing this promo work? Why
would Pope Francis have this man making presentations? Can’t the
Pope evangelize as other popes have done? Does he have anything
to say? Can he say it and make himself understood as the same time?
If he were to succeed at that effort, would it be found orthodox? There
is something radically wrong with this pontificate and no one is holding
him or his entourage accountable.
“Tu es Petrus non,” Cardinal Maradiaga.
Papabili, hopefully. Petrus, no.
Yes, because being identified as “papabili” prior to a consistory is generally considered a very bad thing—smarmy politicking for election—slamming the door shut on whatever ambitions a Cardinal may have had to be elected Pope. “Enter the conclave papabili, leave cardinali,” the aphorism states.
Could it be that Cardinal Maradiaga’s “globe hawking” has more to do with the latter, positioning himself among his fellow Cardinals as a global force to contend with in the next conclave? A right-wing, paternalistic, corporatist socialist pope?
“Enter the conclave papabili, leave cardinali.”
Let the discussion begin...
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To read The Motley Monk's post over at The American Catholic, click on the following link: